timney trigger or shilen?

Discussion in 'Equipment Discussions' started by Sasquatch, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Well-Known Member

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    I am wanting to get a rem 700 trigger down around 2 lbs. pull weight so that both of my rifles have the same pull, closer on feel. My old factory trigger on my .06 will go down to 2 and 2 ounces and stay strong, and I want to get one that will do the same for my 300. the newer trigger in it will only hold up until I get down to 3 and 2 ounces.

    I have noticed that both the timney and shilen triggers are marketed to go down to 2 lbs or less. what one do you recommend?
     
  2. wildcat

    wildcat Well-Known Member

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    Sasquatch, I think either one would be good. However, I would recommend going with a Jewell trigger. I have them on all of my rifles and absolutly love them. I use two types of Jewell trigger's. On my 6.5x284, I use the AJ03 model. This one doesn't have a safety and is set at 2oz. The other model I use, AJ04, is set up just for Remington actions and can be adjusted from 1-1/2oz to 4 pounds and does have a safety. The pull is sooooooooooooooo!!!! crisp on the Jewell. Well, that was my 2 cents worth. However, if you are dead set on deciding between the Timney or the Shilen, I would go with the SHILEN. Good luck Sas, and let me know which one you decide on. Wildcat.
     

  3. wapiti13

    wapiti13 Well-Known Member

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    Jewell triggers are the cadallic of triggers. Rifle Basix is the trigger that Dave Gentry uses with his safety Rem conversions. I've been pleased with my Rifle Basix(running at 2#). Shilen is better than Timney. Good luck.
     
  4. uncleB

    uncleB Well-Known Member

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    sasquatch,
    I agree with wildcat and wapiti that a jewell is the best, but if you dont want to spend $150-$200 the rifle basix and shilen are good options, if you are just looking for a nice crisp 2# pull call holland gunsmithing and just get a spring kit for about $20, the timney is actualy a down grade from a stock 700 trigger.
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  5. Buffalobob

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    I did not vote because it does not tell the story. I have a timmny trigger. It (or me) has a small issue of slowly getting too light and having to be reset after about 200 rds. This results in a safety issue creeping up on you which is really bad with a hunting rifle. It is not hard to reset. Maybe all of the after market triggers are this way, I don't know. I just know that carrying a gun around in cold weather, wearing heavy gear and gloves or falling down on a steep slope is scary with a hair trigger. I now try to think about the feel of the trigger before it gets to hunting season.

    P.S. My trigger is 10 years old so I do not know if this is still an issue with their current triggers. Its a nice trigger and fine for hunting if you keep it adjusted. Would I buy another one? Maybe for what you are doing, but not for a start from scratch custom gun.
     
  6. 257speed

    257speed Well-Known Member

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    #1- Jewell
    #2- Shilen
    #3- Factory worked over
    #4- If you must, a Timney

    I have no experience with the rifle basix, but sounds like they are good from other posts.
     
  7. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

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    You could send your factory trigger to Neil Jones and he will get it to 2 lbs safely and with a crisp let-off. He charges $50 including S&H.

    I've had a few done, including a Rem trigger which is set @ 1 lb for varmint work, and am very happy with his work.
     
  8. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Well-Known Member

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    thanks for the replies guys.
    I want about a 2 pound pull just so I feel comfortable hiking and climbing with the rifle during hunting/stalking situations.
    I don't see myself getting a jewell trigger until I start a full custom rifle in the spring. I will definately stay away from the timney and am leaning towards the rifle basix trigger. I may get the spring kit at the same time I order the trigger, just to see what I can do.